Dec 21, 2010
Syrian officials believe that Israel was behind the assassination of a top military official responsible for contacts with Hezbollah and for the country’s nuclear program, according to a cable sent from the U.S. embassy to Washington just two days after the attack and released Tuesday by WikiLeaks.
General Mohammed Suleiman was killed by a sniper on August 1, 2008 at his family’s summer home on the Tartus Beach in northern Syria. He was considered a close associate of Syrian President Bashar Assad.
On August 3, 2008, after the assassination had been made public in the Arab media, the U.S. embassy in Damascus sent a cable revealing Syria’s assessments of the murder.
The cable was classified as secret and contained confirmation from Syrian journalists with close ties to the embassy that the government in Damascus was looking into every possible lead regarding who could have perpetrated the attack. The Syrian regime had ordered all media not to report on the incident.